Outdoor learning supported by fish farming firm

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Rhunahaorine Primary School’s pupils can have a splashing good time during outdoor learning without fear of getting wet, thanks to the Scottish Salmon Company.

The fish farming firm donated money to the school to purchase new waterproofs in the latest round of awards from its Community Fund.

The overalls will be used during Rhunahaorine’s weekly forest/beach schools classes, where pupils take to Tayinloan beach or the forest behind the school to learn vital outdoor skills, including making fires, creating shelters and cooking outdoors.

The main aim of the school’s parents’ group, nominated for the Community Fund by Emma Byers, production and sales planner at SSC, is to raise money for the school, which is made up of 15 pupils from eight families.

Part of SSC’s Community Charter, the fund was established in 2017, whereby SSC staff are encouraged to be champions in their communities by nominating local groups, charities and organisations that support health and well-being for a funding grant of up to £250.

Craig Anderson, chief executive at the SSC, said: ‘We are proud to support local groups, such as Rhunahaorine Primary School parents, who champion the health and well-being of their communities.

‘The forest/beach school is a fantastic initiative that equips the pupils with invaluable skills and I am pleased we are able to assist in making sure they are appropriately outfitted for the infamous west coast weather!’

Stephanie O’Hanlon, member of the Rhunahaorine Primary School parents’ group, said: ‘Rhunahaorine Primary is a very small school, which can make fundraising tricky at times, so the support from the SSC in purchasing some new waterproofs for the children is greatly appreciated.

‘The forest/beach school programme helps encourage the children to build a life-long appreciation of the outdoors and a healthy lifestyle through outdoor learning, something that we as parents want to support in any way we can.

‘Waterproofs are a year-round necessity here, and I know the pupils will be happy to be able to stay dry while enjoying their education outside the classroom.’